The Apex Legends tournament, which was original planned for broadcast TV, will not air this Sunday due to recent tragic events last week.
It was recently revealed on Twitter, thanks to user Rod Breslau and later reported on by Bloomberg, that ABC and ESPN have decided not to air the XGames Apex Legends EXP Invitational in its planned broadcast TV spot. The response is due to the recent mass shootings that occurred in both Texas and Ohio last week:
ESPN and ABC has made the decision not to air the TV broadcast of the XGames Apex Legends EXP Invitational that was scheduled for this weekend, in response to the recent mass shootings, according to an ABC Affiliate TV station source pic.twitter.com/6BMwdbk93t
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 8, 2019
On Sunday, August 11th at 4:00-5:00 ET (3:00-4:00 PT) the “E:60 – Forever Broncos” segment will air in its place. ESPN2 will air the taped segment on three nights in October instead. However, the tournament will still be available this weekend on ESPN’s digital channels, including its app. The original coverage was planned across ABC, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS.
The tragic events prompted politicians, including President Donald Trump, to argue that video games which glorify violence could be contributing to the country’s mass shooting epidemic.
Apex Legends Season 2, which was first revealed during E3 2019, dropped just last month with an overview trailer. Challenges, which help with speedy level progression, also come with the season 2 pass. Apex Legends gets a limited time solo mode for The Iron Crown Event that will run from August 13th to the 27th. Both Respawn and EA have been cracking down on cheaters and bad teammates (such as those who join matches but don’t participate).
During an earnings call with investors, EA says it hopes Apex Legends could last for a decade.